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Dolphins place Jermon Bushrod, Julius Thomas on injured reserve

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The Miami Dolphins ended the season of two veteran players on Wednesday, placing tight end Julius Thomas and guard Jermon Bushrod on injured reserve. Thomas and Bushrod have both been dealing with foot issues, and will now join a long list of players on the injured reserve list for Miami, a list that started with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and linebacker Koa Misi in training camp and has also collected safety Nate Allen, linebacker Lamin Barrow, wide receiver Isaiah Ford, defensive end William Hayes, tackle Ja’Wuan James, cornerback Tony Lippett, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, and guard Anthony Steen.

Miami’s injury plagued 2017 campaign continues.

Thomas struggled to find a role in the offense this year, but was starting to see an increased usage in the past few weeks. He ends the season, and likely his time with the Dolphins, with 41 receptions for 388 yards with three touchdowns. His best game of the year was in Week 9 when he caught six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders.

Bushrod was re-signed this year to return to his role as the team’s starting right guard. He was considering retirement last year before the Dolphins brought him back in an attempt to solidify an offensive line that has been a concern in recent years - a concern that has continued this year.

Miami promoted tight end Thomas Duarte off the practice squad and activated tackle Eric Smith from the injured reserve list to replace the two veterans.

Duarte has played in one game in his two seasons with the Dolphins, spending most of 2016 and all of 2017 on the practice squad. He was a seventh-round pick for Miami in 2016.

Smith was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2017, starting the season on the 53-man roster, but was inactive for the team’s first three games, in part because of a knee injury. He was then placed on injured reserve when the knee was determined to needed surgery and time to rehab. Smith primarily played right tackle in college, and was impressive during training camp and the preseason.

The Dolphins have two games remaining this season, visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, then hosting the Buffalo Bills to close out the season.